Our Own Sun King

The Roman Senate used to enroll the emperors in the pantheon of the gods. Divine honors were accorded to divus Augustus and divus Claudius. Today, writers and TV blurts foster the cultish adoration of the chief executive and nurture a modern Caesarism. The journalists’ idolatry of Camelot prepared the way for this sort of adulation, but the fetish that is now being made of the muscle tone of Mr. and Mrs. President is even more frankly lurid: It is a kind of political pornography.

via Our Own Sun King by Michael Knox Beran on National Review Online.


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